Marvel better be on the lookout as there’s a new superhero favorite in town. While The Avengers may have thought their main competitor would be the Justice League, Prime Video’s The Boys, based on the comics by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, may be their biggest rival. According to this year’s Nielsen ratings, the satirical superhero series has amassed 10.6 billion minutes watched, while Disney+’s MCU series didn’t make it into the top 15 original series.
The news may come as a shock to many Marvel fans who have watched the adaptations of Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, and She-Hulk, with Ms. Marvel even being named the top-rated superhero series of 2022 by Rotten Tomatoes. Looking ahead, Emmy-nominated WandaVision entered the top 15 last year, but still had far fewer views than The Boys, at just 7.3 billion minutes.
The news marks a turning point for the Prime Video series, which is currently filming its fourth season. While the giants Marvel and DC have been around for almost a century, The Boys got its first premiere in 2006. Attracting fans with anything but the usual “superheroes vs. villains” storylines, The Boys’ violence, language and depraved morality won the love of a dedicated fandom and managed to more than successfully make it from the colorful pages of the numbers to the small screen.
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